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Bournemouth Vs Cheltenham Town, Sat 6 Feb 2010

Bartley doubtful for Cherries (©PAphotos)
Bartley doubtful for Cherries (©PAphotos).

Bournemouth midfielder Marvin Bartley is rated at 50/50 for the visit of Cheltenham.

Bartley, who has been struggling with shin and calf problems, did not feature in Tuesday's impressive 3-1 win over promotion rivals Rotherham and remains a doubt for the Dean Court clash.

Warren Cummins sits out the third and final game of his ban and Scott Guyett remains on the sidelines with a knee problem as manager Eddie Howe continues to work with an injury-ravaged squad.

Howe was only able to name four substitutes at Don Valley Stadium, which included the assistant manager and a youth team player, so the Cherries have effectively 13 players to choose from.

Veteran striker Steve Fletcher, who caused havoc against the Millers, continues to battle with a knee problem and with a vital game against Notts County coming up next Tuesday, Howe could be tempted to rest his striker.

Sammy Igoe, Joe Partington, Mark Molesley and Shaun Cooper are all long-term absentees.

Cheltenham have been boosted by the return of Lee Ridley.

The Robins left-back has been out for over five weeks with a calf problem while minor injuries sustained in a recent car crash also delayed his rehabilitation.

But he is finally back in contention and will compete with loanee Danny Andrew for a starting place at Dean Court.

On the opposite side of defence, right-back David Pipe has returned to parent club Bristol Rovers leaving manager Mark Yates with a decision as to who will fill the gap. David Bird, Kyle Haynes and Josh Low have all played there in the past.

The postponement of last Saturday`s home clash against Darlington also means on-loan defender Ashley Eastham will be chomping at the bit to make his return from suspension.

Winger Marley Watkins (ankle) is back in full training and raring to go while Shane Duff is continuing with his running and some very light ball work as he targets a return to action next month.

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Topics:
Rotherham United
Bristol Rovers
Bristol City
Football
David Pipe
Mark Molesley
Ashley Eastham
Marley Watkins
Shane Duff
Bournemouth
Danny Andrew
Lee Ridley
Cheltenham Town
Joe Partington
Steve Fletcher
Kyle Haynes
David Bird
Joe Partington
League Two
Shaun Cooper
Notts County
Eddie Howe
Marvin Bartley

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